Pericles' Writings

Stephen V. Tracy

in Pericles

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520256033
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943629 | DOI:
Pericles' Writings

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No written work by Pericles has come down to us and, except for some speeches that he may have committed to writing and measures that he sponsored in the Council and the Assembly, we have no sure knowledge that Pericles himself wrote anything. This loss of his direct words is a great pity, for contemporary and near-contemporary sources—namely, Thucydides, the comic poets, and Plato—describe him as the greatest orator of his time. In his Rhetoric, Aristotle cites Pericles for his use of two striking similes and two arresting metaphors. Aristotle also recounts a famous case where Pericles tricked the seer Lampon in cross-examination by asking him about the mysteries at Eleusis. Plutarch quotes Pericles as saying when he restrained the Athenians from going out to fight the Spartans at Acharnae in the first campaign of the Peloponnesian War that “trees cut and clipped grow back quickly, but men cut down cannot be recovered so easily.”

Keywords: Pericles; speeches; Thucydides; Aristotle; Plutarch; Athenians; Spartans; Acharnae; Peloponnesian War; metaphors

Chapter.  1474 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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